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What Is a Wall, after All?

What Is a Wall, after All?

by Judy Allen, Alan Baron (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-As an effort to introduce young readers to the various types and uses of walls, this colorful, cartoon-style book falls short of the mark. The rhyming text mixes information with commentary and/or illustrations that are either inappropriate or unrelated to the main topic. For example, the definition of a dry-stone wall is preceded by the depiction of a Humpty Dumpty-like character taking a crane to one poorly built of brick and mortar to ``bash it and smash it and crash it down again.'' On another page, the simple statement that ``small things,'' such as insects, sometimes inhabit walls is followed by a partially illustrated inventory of the gear used by mountain-climbers to scale mountain ``walls.'' While tools and parts of walls are clearly labeled in the illustrations, they are never actually defined. The constant shifting of the text between the factual and the comic is distracting, a feeling underscored by the unevenly paced rhyme scheme. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, while appealingly bright, are overly detailed and further muddle the information; cartoon characters race through each picture swapping silly comments. Pass on this one.-Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library, IL

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Read and Wonder
Edition description:
1st U.S. pbk. ed
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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